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Seven announces 3 new shows as it looks to fix primetime fails

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Darren McMullen

Darren McMullen

Seven has announced the commissioning of three new locally produced shows today as the network looks to refresh its primetime line-up and retain the position of number one.


The three new shows are:

Back with the Ex - Every one of us remembers the very first time we fell in love – the one special person we have never forgotten. Back with the Ex reunites singles with an ‘ex’ they’ve never been able to forget.  They are then given the chance to find out if they were ‘the one’ after all. Then comes the ultimate decision: do they walk into the sunset together, or do they walk away forever?


Instant Hotel - Tapping into the world-wide trend of home-owners renting out their properties as holiday accommodation, this new competition series will see home owners vie for the title of best Instant Hotel. Personal taste, precious belongings and price point are all open for judgement as teams travel the country and stay in newly created ‘hotels.’ Guided by a yet to be announced host, homeowners will be judged by a hospitality and interiors expert. 


Behave Yourself! – Rounding out Seven’s new entertainment productions is Behave Yourself!, a comedy panel program featuring Australia’s best-loved comedians and celebrities competing in fun physical games that reveal the hilarious, shocking and fascinating facts behind why we do the things we do.

Co-developed by Seven and Eureka Productions and produced by Eureka Productions, Behave Yourself! is hosted by Darren McMullen and based on the experiments of world renowned behavioural expert and New York Times bestselling author Dan Ariely.

Seven is yet to confirm the future of that other Darren McMullen hosted series The Big Music Quiz.


The commissioning of these new local productions follows previous announcements from Seven that it would produce an Australian version of Hell’s Kitchen hosted by Marco Pierre White. The network will soon also premiere a new 'observational documentary' series Yummy Mummies following the lives of a group of wealthy pregnant young ladies.

Seven desperately needs to refresh its prime time line-up after a number of series including The X Factor, House Rules, Zumbo’s Just Desserts, Kiss Bang Love, Cats Make You LOL and The Big Music Quiz all underwhelmed viewers in 2016.

Seven has also recently confirmed the axing of Dancing with the Stars, while its most successful format My Kitchen Rules is no longer dominating ratings, the reality cooking series was narrowly defeated by Married at First Sight last Tuesday.

Seven’s Director of Network Programming, Angus Ross welcomed the three new local productions today stating;

“The quality of the work coming out of our development team is exceptional,” “The three commissions we are announcing today include two original formats. Australian audiences love Australian-produced content, making this investment in local shows very straightforward.”